Cindy Whiteheads Trail - TRAIL

Cindy Whiteheads Trail - Trail, Palm Springs, California

The Climb up is steep, but short, after cresting u will roll out on a slow 300yd decent, look for a narrow singletrack to the left and a brown sign that indicates a voluntary closure between jan 30 and june 30 for bighorn humping season......its all good

User Reviews (5)

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Zachariah   Cross Country Rider [Nov 22, 2010]

Cindy Whitehead was a hot blonde MTB racer in the 1980s. She was so hardcore - she once rode her fully rigid hardtail standing up, because her seatpost broke early in the race. This meant she rode the remaining 50 MILES UNSEATED...and still won the race!

In the late 1980s she built and tried to promote this trail to the IMBA - only to be shot down by the US Bureau of Land Management, citing her trail was in the direct path of migrating and breeding Peninsular Bighorn Sheep, an Endangered Species. Since then, the Feds(BLM) posted a warning sign, just off the Dunn Road boundary and this potentially rad trail has eroded badly and basically "festered" in condition since.

Once you cross the narrow wash - a steep, technical and rocky climb starts this trail to the right. You will ride a rolling ridge and encounter more rocky, loose and rutted sections...which not only requires BALLS of steel - but will test your descending abilities to the max. Lower your seat post and decrease suspension sag for this 1.2 mile bomber run. Once you survive the steep, 25% grade ending - you will know exactly what kind of intense biker Cindy really was. Too bad she is now living in Durango, CO married with kids and probably fat now...

Customer Service

Start from Dunn Road past the BLM sign. Go the other way(from Foothill in Cathedral City cove and expect about 90% hike-a-bike...its freaking STEEP!!!

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3
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4
PNS   [Jun 15, 2000]

in the late 80's, Cindy Whitehead built and promoted this trail with a race to top all races....this loop
was part of a retro no shocks race that ended with steepest drop known to any biker. (if you look up to
your left about 50yds. from the start, you will see it cut out of the hillside) needless to say there is a detour now that makes it longer and funner...
I do private tours for the Resorts in the area and am available for trailguiding by appt. rentals available.

Customer Service

well its now june and 116 degrees on the trail, so the volunteer closure works out just great.....by the time its open its too hot, by the time its closed its just cooled down,go figure.......
anyway, anybody in the palm springs area during the cool season that likes a hard challenge, this is for you, its the most technically demanding in so cal...

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4
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Nick the Mountnbikeman   [Jul 26, 2000]

Great riding for all levels, but strenous climbs, some rocky sections, can be hot and dry..take lots of water. Tough tires and tubes help, rocky, some cactus, but no goatheads. Best in early morning; watch for big horn sheep, coyote, roadrunner, mtn quail. This is fine desert riding, great views. Also great at sunset..as the return ride is quick..all DH.

Customer Service

Variations to trails with easy access from Palm Springs. Park or begin at the Vons grocery on Hwy 111-Palm Canyon, near Gene Autyr Drive. Ride up the obvious dirt road, past initial gate, toward big water tanks, continue on dirt road as it bends right and climbs steeply (can you make it) up a draw. Once at the top of this hill, enjoy the view, then continue, ride slightly down and take single track veering off to right, but still climbing (don't take the tracks leading down a side hill), climb sweet single track that has several variations, rejoin 2 track,and climb to a T junction at a saddle. Left will take you single tract back down to Cathedral City. But continue to right, climb a short steep hill, and just before top, take obvious single track contouring right around hill, then a left, then quick right for a mile of fun whoop de doos, then a left in a hollow, for more whoops, and reach a well defined saddle with IMBA sign. Several variations to explore from there, all fun, but to continue, climb up steeply left, then ride great singletrack to Murray Peak, return the same way.

Similar Products Used: All these easy to reach variations are called the Goat Trails, but most are really ancient indian trails that led from canyon spring to canyon. Local bike shops have info, and Rancho Mirage shop has organized rides.
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4
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Richard Fitzwell   [Feb 19, 2002]

Discovered while on roadtrip. Simply called LBS in area and was given great directions from I-10.
Climb was a nice moderate fire road grind, reached top to enjoy a spectacular sunset!
Advice in previous review not to decend on singletrack to left prior to reaching peak is well advised. (Walked out of canyon after 1/2 mile decent on steep goat trail. Unridable accent.).
Most memorable part of ride was decent down singletrack on last 1-2 mile portion that drops you back to within 1/4 of start. Ultra steep, rocky singletrack with several drops along way. High pucker factor, E-ticket decent!

Customer Service

Park @ trailhead next to Von's, climb fire road approx. 1/4 mi. to climb on right. Proceed upward & southbound until reaching crest. Decend on various northbound singletracks.

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4
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the corrector   [Mar 22, 2003]

Cindy's seperates the eggs from the eggless.

closure still in affect, although voluntary and ridiculous, the BLM still act like they own it.

Customer Service

the review from Richard below is great, but does not describe the Cindy Whitehead trail that this review was intended for, for more accurate directions see
the 'Goat Trails' review

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